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Babel

I like Biblical stories. There is always someone getting out of line that needs to be smote. This picture reminded me of the Tower of Babel. According to the biblical account, after the Great Flood, humanity was united as one and spoke a single language. I guess they were emboldened by their great team cohesion because they decided to build a tower to reach the heavens. They meant to show God that they were His equal. Didn’t they just go through a mass flood that wiped out 99.9% of humanity a few years back? Come on guys, you really want to test your boundaries again?!

Anyway, as you can imagine God didn’t much like their insolence and when He came down to see what they were up to He said (or so I read, I was not there at the time):

If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confound their speech.

Can you imagine being one of the engineers building the tower when that happened? You are about 3 miles up on a scaffold and your buddy, Mac, turns to ask you to pass him the hammer and all you hear is gibberish. Mass chaos would ensue! And so it did and the mighty Tower of Babel was never finished and the peoples of the earth were scattered as punishment.

What is interesting in this story is that God realizes that when people are unified in purpose they can accomplish impossible feats, both noble and ignoble.

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